The Thruxton doesn't move anything like your modern day, tech-laden machines, though. So, for those looking to get their knee down around racetracks, deserted hill roads or the neighbourhood parking lot, stay clear of this Triumph. It has a tendency to weave if you decide to carry significant speed around a corner, and to make things more challenging, there's hardly any feedback from its front end. Plus, the Lazertec rubber from Metzeller isn't any good either. It's designed for classic bikes, and it both looks and acts the part.
But, the Thruxton is great in a straight line even at over 100mph; that's 160kmph in our speak, and the Holy Grail for any cafe racer worth anything at all. The Thruxton also has a well-rounded, caring edge to its ride quality, a fact I appreciated no end on our monsoon molested roads.
The engine, meanwhile, is an 865cc parallel twin, air cooled, fuel injected motor with dummy carbs to complete the period look (complete with a choke, mind). It sounds and goes like a period motor too. So, it’s not very fast, or scary or even liberating for that matter. And it’s not exactly refined or gung-ho at high revs either.
At low revs though – upto 4,000rpm or thereabouts – the Thruxton has a calm, smooth and torquey demeanour to it. The light, progressive and predictable throttle response helps this easy to ride character of this Triumph café racer further. Fuelling, however, can act up sometimes causing the motorcycle to stall when you least expect it. Overall then, the Triumph Thruxton is meant for a relaxed jaunt around town or a lazy Sunday highway ride; it’s not your do-it-all sort of a motorcycle.